Is there a substance so unstable that it causes an explosive reaction if it’s touched by a fly?
Thanks to the folks at the Royal Institute YouTube Channel, we know the answer is certainly yes.
Meet your new favorite explosive – nitrogen triiodide. But make sure to say hi very quietly.
Due to it’s structure of three iodine atoms clustered around one side of a nitrogen atom, there is what’s called bond strain (explained in the video) that makes nitrogen triiodide so explosive even a feather dropping on it will set it off.